Richard Wright's recent Turner Prize winning piece was described to resemble 'a Mirage that might disappear at any moment.' Painted in glorious gold leaf over an entire wall in the Tate Britain, the symmetrical abstract design done in baroque style gently envelopes the surface with its incandescent, ethereal beauty.
Wright's work combines graphic imagery and intricate patterning from sources as varied as medieval painting, graphics and typography. The result is wonderfully exquisite and its almost heartbreaking to realise that all of it will be painted over as soon as a specified 'viewing term' is over. This is the artist's direction who said that he sometimes felt sad when his work was destroyed, but also relieved.
'This work is not for the future; it's for now'. Inspiring words for the New Year.